Crafts will be judged by grades.
- A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected for each grade in each craft if the judge feels there is an article of enough merit to deserve the honor. State Fair entries will be determined by the judges. Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected from the honor group.
- Members may exhibit in more than one craft project (example: 1 exhibit in freelance, 1 exhibit in models).
- All items must be complete and ready for use; if a picture, it must be ready for hanging; needlecraft projects are to be ready for intended use; all other crafts are to be finished as required.
- Each year should be a new learning experience, therefore, more difficult exhibits should be made each year.
- Needlework may be placed in clear plastic bag for display.
- A pair or set is considered one article, i.e. mittens, slippers, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher and bowl, tablecloth and/or napkins.
- Projects not meeting division requirements will be lowered one ribbon grade.
- All crafts must have a 4-H Craft Information Card attached to the project.
- If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can be properly displayed.
- For safety purposes, any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or a look-a-like weapon will be judged but will not be displayed.
Attach a completed 4-H Craft Information Card to your project.
Basic Requirements for All Divisions
- Each scrapbook album must have a front and back cover with pages firmly attached between the covers. The album cannot be larger than 12”x12” (the most common). It must have archive safe plastic sleeves or covers.
- Each scrapbook must have the required number of pages per your level completed for judging. Completed pages must contain photos or memorabilia, documentation, decoration, etc. Incomplete or unfinished pages will not be judged or count toward the required number of pages.
- Each scrapbook album must have a skills card and label (on back of card) attached with a string. The required number of skills or techniques must be checked. This label must also include the page numbers which the 4-H member wishes to have judged. The page numbers need not be written on the actual page – rather, the member should count the first page as page 1 and proceed onward. If you do not indicate the pages you wish to have judged, the judge will start at page 1 and continue through the page number required for your level.
- The pages may also be listed by the page title, if desired.
- Photos and memorabilia must be included in each scrapbook, but not necessarily on each page. Some pages may contain only photos, while others may contain only memorabilia. Be sure to include a variety in your list of pages to be judged. At least one piece of memorabilia should be included in your required pages. Memorabilia should be encased in a separate plastic sleeve if added to a page with photos. If a photo is included on a page with a lot of memorabilia, the photo should be encased in a separate plastic sleeve. Newspaper articles should be photocopied onto acid free paper or sprayed with archival spray.
- Neatness Counts! Neatness is very important. Exhibit clean pages (i.e. no smudges, spills, limited crossing out).
- Keep in mind the proper placement of photos, etc. in your album. Your scrapbook is telling a story. Use chronology (putting things in order of occurrence as they happened) and/or themes to organize your scrapbook.
- Photo quality will NOT be a factor in judging.
- Try to use good photographs; however this is NOT the photography project.
- Be creative—all work should be your own.
- Be sure materials you use are safe for your photos. Do not use ball-point pens and/or pencils, crayons, markers, magnetic albums, construction paper, or any adhesives that are not photo safe.
Level A (grades 3-4) - Complete 4 pages. Include 4 different skills or techniques.
Level B (grades 5-6) - Complete 6 pages. Include 6 different skills or techniques.
Level C (grades 7-9) - Complete 8 pages. Include 8 different skills or techniques.
Level D (grades 10-12) - Complete 10 pages. Include 10 different skills or techniques.